FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series will present distinguished poets Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Leslie Heywood reading their works onTuesday, May 21st at 8 pm in the Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall. (GPS use 75 N. Martine Avenue).

Maria Gillan is a recipient of the 2008 American Book Award for “All That Lies Between Us” (Guernica Editions). She is the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.

Ms. Gillan has published 16 books, including “The Weather of Old Seasons” (Cross-Cultural Communications), and “Things My Mother Told Me,” “Italian Women in Black Dresses,” and “What We Pass On: Collected Poems” (all from Guernica Editions). Her most recent books are “The Place I Call Home” (NYQ Books) and “Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories” (MiroLand/Guernica). With her daughter, Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies, including “Growing Up Ethnic in America” (Penguin/Putnam) and “Italian-American Writers on New Jersey” (Rutgers).

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Leslie Heywood, a former Division I track and cross-country runner, serves on the Evolutionary Studies executive committee at Binghamton University. Her poetry has been published in Prairie Schooner, The North American Review, The Connecticut Review, Paterson Literary Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in English and Critical Theory from UC Irvine. Her poetry books include “Lost Arts” and “Natural Selection” (both from Louisiana Literature Press), and “The Proving Grounds” (Red Hen Press). Creative non-fiction is a main focus; she has published the memoir “Pretty Good for a Girl: An Athlete’s Story” (The Free Press/Simon & Schuster) and she is the creative non-fiction editor of Ragazine.

The Carriage House Poetry Series is in its 15th year at the Kuran Arts Center, an historic Gothic Revival structure that was once a 19th century carriage house, hence the name of the series. The May 21st reading is free and open to the public. An open mic reading will follow the featured performance.

For more information call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. For online directions and information, visit